Amankwaah makes race claim
Robins defender opens war of words
Last Updated: October 13, 2009 7:45pm
Amankwaah: War of words
Kevin Amankwaah has claimed he was racially abused in Saturday's ill-tempered affair between Swindon and Millwall, a game which saw him embroiled in a war of words with Neil Harris.
Swindon defender Amankwaah apologised to Lions striker Harris on Monday after allegedly taunting him over his battle against testicular cancer.
Amankwaah, who also pledged to make a donation to the Lions striker's Everyman Cancer Charity, has now claimed he was provoked prior to his baiting of Harris.
But the 27-year-old has now taken issue with reports claiming his team-mates forced him into apologising.
In a statement put out by Swindon, he said: "I feel compelled to make people aware of the racial and physical abuse that I received on the day, which included passing comment on my origins and physical assault - both of which were totally unacceptable.
"My comments may have been misplaced but equally racial and physical abuse has no place in football. I have held my hands up and apologised for what I said, but now I think it would be appropriate if others did the same."
Harris, 32, who had surgery for testicular cancer in 2001, was quick to respond to Amankwaah's statement.
He told Millwall's official website: "I am both angry and upset that Kevin Amankwaah, after seemingly offering an apology for his insulting remarks towards me, which I had accepted, should now decide to try to justify himself.
"I can categorically state that Amankwaah's insult was not in response to any racial comment and his accusations of verbal and physical abuse are frankly laughable. I am comfortable I have nothing to reproach myself for."